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Simeon & Sabra || 2 & 6 Year Anniversaries

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Ready for a gushy post today? Cause that is what you are going to get!! May is always one of my favorite months, summer comes, school is out, and we celebrate our anniversaries! Our dating and wedding anniversaries are only 3 days apart! Which was to make sure that Simeon remembered when our anniversary way! If the 20th hadn't been a Tuesday in 2014, it probably would have just stayed our only anniversary, but we weren't going to wait for a year that made the 20th a Saturday! It wouldn't have been until next year!

Anyway, lets take a trip down memory road. . .


THEN - 2 Year Dating Anniversary


Simeon and I had both just finished our first year of college when we went to celebrate our 2nd dating anniversary. I think we went to a movie and Simeon's brother college graduation party! I was already done with the whole long distance thing and was ready for Simeon to come back and marry me already. Of course, Simeon has other plans and really wanted to get his Associate's in Bible from Grace University in Omaha. (Apparently he is really determined to live in Nebraska!)

(Excuse the crappy quality photos! Point & Shoot + Facebook download = grainy photos!)

Look at those two crazy kids! We thought we knew so much and were ready to take on the world together. Hahaha! I was just about to start my job at Records & Registration at State and sublease and apartment right above Simeon's apartment so that we could be together the entire summer. I was also taking two summer classes that made me completely crazy for the month of June. Ever gone through the entire Old Testament in one month? While learning calculus as well? It's crazy! Simeon was working for his parents the whole summer and spending the rest of his free time bugging me. 

We started experimenting with cookings together and watched countless hours of Stargate. We made blanket forts and lied to the community pool so that we and Simeon's mom could get a family pass instead of paying double the amount for three individual passes. I honestly don't think we spent more than the hours we were both at work apart.


THEN

4 Year Dating Anniversary & Wedding Day


For us, the celebration seemed to last all week since we not only got married, but we were celebrating our 4 year dating anniversary as well! 

We were so excited to start our lives together! And were going on our first big trip, just the two of us! We spent our honeymoon in Omaha (Nebraska. . . again. Seriously, maybe we are just meant to be in Nebraska!) so we could go see Wicked and spent the week walking the old market and picking out stuff for our new home together! But all those honeymoon photos I took are somehow gone! :/

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NOW

 2 Year Wedding & 6 Years Dating Anniversaries


Honestly, I still can't believe that it's been so long already! It seems like just yesterday we were planning our "perfect" day (which, if I'm being honest, I barely remember most of it since it was so crazy!) So much has changed in the last few years! 

We graduated with our bachelor degrees!

We have the most adorable little puppy!

We are moving out of state on our own!

Simeon is about to start grad school!

I have started my own business, and while it works better for me to also have a part time job when we move, it's doing really well!

We've grown so much as a couple and know that we can still continue to grow as a couple as we grow older together.

And I can't wait to see how much more we change together in the future!

#WifeTalkWednesday: Creating Habits with Your Husband

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The beginning of every year is when people start to try to  create new habits to better their new year. Trying to change something about yourself can be hard to begin with but even worse if the one person who is beside you all the time isn't supporting you. Though it is a million times easier when that person isn't only supporting you, but doing it with you! 

Though, obviously, you have to choose habits that your husband is interested in as well! This can be something extremely fun to brainstorm with your husband and can cover a plethora of things. Though sometimes there are so many options that you don't know where to start, so let me give you a few ideas!

#WifeTalkWednesday: Creating Habits with Your Husband

5 Habits to Start with Your Husband


1|| Daily Devotions Together

2|| Quit Soda & Over-snacking

3|| Work Out Together

4|| Read more

5||  Being Present & Turning off Phones


I truly believe that the best way to start creating a habit with your husband is to start with with a goal that both you and your husband are excited to get started. And one that you both see the benefits to start. If only one of you is excited and the other person is kind of hesitant, then it isn't going to be as strong commitment for both of you. 

Then you have to find a way to keep yourselves accountable for whatever goal you are both trying to reach. You can make it a competition: who can reach the highest step count each day, who can reach their water goal the most in a week (did you know that reaching water goals is really really really hard?). You can do the activity together: both picking the same reading time (like right before bed), working out together, or putting both of your phones in the same basket during a set time. You could also print out calendars and mark which days you remember to do something or what your goal is for each day.

Other than keeping each other accountable, you also have to find ways to celebrate when you hit certain points in reaching your goals! Maybe after a really good week of hitting water goals or meeting a weight goal, you can go get a celebratory ice cream cone. Finish a good book, reward yourself with going and buying a new book, or surprising your husband with a giftcard when he finishes his (the only way I can get Simeon anything is through gift cards! The money has to be already spent and very directed! :))

 

#WifeTalkWendesday: Dividing Up the Holidays

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When I announced this new series a few weeks ago, I had many ask for me to talk about how Simeon and I divide up the holidays. 

Holidays are always a hard discussion to have. We've spent our entire lives (until our significant other walks into our lives) with only having to worry about seeing our own family on the holidays, which as a child of a divorced family was enough to handle. But event hat was court decided so I didn't have to worry about hurting anyone's feelings when I didn't spend a holiday with them, it was figured out beforehand and out of my control. Even when I start college, my holidays were pretty decided by my days off of school. If my siblings had to leave for my dad's the day of one of my exams, I obviously couldn't go. I would spend it with my mom and if She was with my stepdad's family, I would spend it wtih Simeon's family. Pretty easy.

#WifeTalkWednesday: Dividing Up the Holidays || Becoming Sabra GIlbert

But then came the year the Simeon and I were engaged and we started trying to coordinate holiday family visits. With only two family's to please, I think we could have come up wtih a fun and easy schedule. But with my family already being two parts, we had to find a way to divide two major holidays into threes. As if that wouldn't have been difficult enough, my family is pretty spread out! My parents also like to visit my grandparents for major holidays: one set of grandparents lives in Colorado while another lives in Illinois, and Simeon's family usually stays in South Dakota. 

What we've usually decided to do is to divide up one holiday while spending the other traveling.

Two years ago, we traveled to Illinois for Thanksgiving with my Dad  and then spent Christmas divided up with Mom one day and the Gilbert's the other. This past year, we were actually able to stay in South Dakota for the majority of the holidays. My grandparents came out for Thanksgiving, and then we divided Christmas up with my mom and Simeon's parents again.

This next year is the year I think if going to be the hardest! We will have moved to . . .somewhere and won't have a giant traveling budget after a year of traveling to different towns to tour schools and find apartments and then actually making the move. We will have only been settled in a few months when Thanksgiving hits and then Christmas is right after that.

How do you split up the holidays?

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Little Life Update

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Hey everyone!

If you made it over to the new site, congrats! :) I know I'm having some technical difficulties in the switch. But I hope to have them all figured out by the end of the week! :) The bloglovin' feed should be transferred soon and I will be going to past posts and fixing links to each post. Unfortunately I cannot fix all links to pintrest pins. :/  But if you would be ever so kind to repin any of my blog posts that you have loved or used in the past, that would be insanely fantastic. 

Now that all the boo things are done, I'll share some more exciting things!! And by exciting, I mean whats been going on in my life. :) I hope you don't mind a little journal post.

We left town on Thursday. We had a 6 hour car drive! Which we enjoy usually. Road trips are the best: we jam out, have deep conversation, and I get to take a nap. :) And we get all the best junk food. 

Friday was a few hours of homework and getting to sleep in at a hotel. Then we went out to one of the best BBQ places that I have every been too! It threw me for a loop at first when I discovered that the BBQ place with a rating of 9.7 and the best in Kansas City was actually based in a gas station!! A GAS STATION! And it had the parking and room to sit to prove it! Another thing that amazed me when we got there was the incredible line to order food! Seriously, this is a well loved BBQ place! The line was wrapped around all the way to the door and all the seating was taken. Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que is no sit and chill place to eat but it has the best BBQ and fries I have ever tasted.

But seriously. The fries. I would travel 12 hours every day to get that BBQ and fries for dinner every day. If you are ever in Kansas City, you should really try it out! Maybe order out though. But it really is a great atmosphere so maybe you should just eat in! 

Then came Saturday, so while I was stuck in a hotel room transferring this blog all day, Simeon was off being a wonderful human being and winning 1st place for his physics post at a research conference!!  He was then able to be inducted into Sigma Xi, the hosts of the conference. Then he brought me Chick-fil-a for dinner as compensation for not having a car to be able to go anywhere fun. But it was for the best anyway as I got a ton of work done!

Sunday was a crazy day. We had to wake up extra early to check out of the hotel room before going to Simeon's induction ceremony. Then came my favorite part of the entire weekend! THE AQUARIUM! Yes, I am a child when it comes to zoos or aquariums! I run around squealing like a little girl. Ask Simeon, I keep him laughing the entire time. After we went through and has picked our trip souvenir, we went on to check out the World War I monument and museum in Kansas City. It was insanely informative as it not only shared American history but European history as well. And had a very well executed informational video with a trench scene built below you that was incredibly emotional.

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Then it was time for another 6 hour trek! That was my weekend! What did you do?

5 Tips to Get Your Family to the Table

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This post is sponsored by the 

Billion Family Dinners Challenge campaign

. All opinions are my own. #BillionDinners

The

billion dinner challenge

ended for Simeon and I last night! To be honest, getting dinners in together was a lot harder than I thought it was, but it was fun to document the ones that we did get to have together. I was actually pretty proud that we were able to get to 11 dinners in two weeks! There were plenty of things that I have learned in the last few weeks on what it takes to really gather up even just two people around a dinner table to eat a meal without technology.  But even as difficult as it can be, there are so many things that make it worth it.

My top three are

1| We discussed our future

- right now there are a lot of things that are up in the air. We graduate in just a few months and have to start making decisions. Dinner was a good time to discuss the latest developments in the potentials for our futures.

2| Game Time

- My sister had the great idea that during our dinner together that we should play a game while we had dinner together and it was ridiculously fun!

3| Inside Jokes

- You have to get off your phones, TVs, and computers to create inside jokes with your friends and family. So seriously do it! These are the memories that you will always remember. The jokes that you will laugh about for years to come. And you can't make those staring at a screen constantly.

But obviously you have to get to the table with your dinner first.

So here are some tips to get there smoothly.

1| Plan Ahead

- Meal planning isn't something that I'm the best at, but it is something that helps get you to the table. Simeon and I don't eat until he gets home from work around 9:30 at night. If I don't have dinner done by then, it will be insanely late by the time we do.

2| Take Away Distractions

- Put your phone in another room. Move the TV out of the place where you eat. Just get the electronics away and don't get distracted! :)

3| Have Conversation Questions

- That's one of my favorite parts so far of the

DinnerCall app

. As it tracks your dinners together, it also gives you a conversation starter! It has a fun little question to start things off for you!

4| Clear a Spot to Eat

- If your little family is anything like mine, our dinner table is more for storage than it actually is for eating. We tend to either eat on our couch (because we like to watch shows) or on the floor in our living room. No matter where you eat, you really should make sure that you can eat together. Sitting next to each other or facing each other.

5| Get Everything Together

- With it being so late when we start eating, Simeon and I have a habit of just grabbing our food and only worrying about other needs as they come. But to be able to not have an interrupted conversation, it is best to get all those things (like your drink, condiments, or the salt & pepper) beforehand instead of constantly jumping up to get them!

If you haven't yet, take the

#BillionDinner Challenge

! I know you will love every second of it just as I did!

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